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Taylor Armstrong on How Her Daughter Is Coping With Father's Suicide (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Dec 6th 2011 4:30AM
Taylor Armstrong, 'Watch What Happens Live''Watch What Happens Live' (Mon., 11PM ET on Bravo) is often a boozy laugh-fest, as it features cast members from Bravo's various reality shows. But there was a very different tone as Taylor Armstrong sat with Andy Cohen to hash out the latest developments on 'The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.'

She talked about how she felt like a complete train wreck while filming this most recent season, and reflected on her explosive breakdown in last night's episode. Armstrong also talked about how she and her daughter have been dealing with the suicide of her abusive ex-husband Russell Armstrong.

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Taylor Armstrong Says 'Real Housewives' May Have Saved Her Life

by Catherine Lawson, posted Oct 18th 2011 7:50AM
Taylor ArmstrongShortly before he committed suicide, Taylor Armstrong's late husband Russell said the breakdown of his marriage was caused by the intolerable stresses of appearing on 'The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' -- "This show has literally pushed us to the limit."

Now Taylor says quite the opposite. In fact, not only does she allege that her marriage was abusive long before the camera crew moved in, she believes that 'The Real Housewives' actually may have saved her life.

Yesterday Armstrong told KTLA-TV's morning show that "If the cameras were not in my life, there's a good chance I wouldn't be sitting here today because a lot of domestic violence situations end in murder-suicide versus just suicide."

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Taylor Opens Up About Troubled Marriage on 'Real Housewives Beverly Hills' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Sep 13th 2011 3:12AM
Taylor Armstrong, 'The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills''The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' (Mon., 9PM ET on Bravo) continues to tread on uncomfortable ground, considering the suicide of cast-member Taylor Armstrong's husband, Russell, after filming was concluded for the season.

This week, Taylor had a very emotional talk with Kyle Richards about her troubled marriage, saying how badly she wants to make their marriage work, and that she's scared.

Kyle was very candid in her responses to Taylor. "I wouldn't be fighting for something that's really not worth fighting for, to be honest," she said. "You're blaming yourself, and it's not you."

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'Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' React to Criticism of the Show's Premiere (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Sep 6th 2011 1:05PM
Kyle Richards talks about 'Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' on 'Today'Bravo's decision to go forward with the premiere of 'The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' despite Russell Armstrong's suicide has sparked a flurry of criticism from across the media landscape. On 'Today' (weekdays, 7AM on NBC) Ann Curry read a scathing L.A. Times review of the season premiere to some of the 'Housewives' stars, which described the show as "creepy" and a "necro-party game." Put on the defensive, the 'Housewives' didn't do much to help change the negative perception surrounding the show.

"The show is not just about them, it's, you know, it's about six women and their lives," said Kyle Richards. "Yes, they are a part of it, but there's also so much else going on in the show." Added Lisa Vanderpump, "We had finished filming, and I don't think even Taylor was aware of his mental state, so it was a shock to all of us."

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'The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' Season 2 Premiere: Did Bravo Do the Right Thing?

by Catherine Lawson, posted Sep 6th 2011 9:36AM
'The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills''The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' hit the headlines for all the wrong reasons this summer due to the off-screen tragedy of Russell Armstrong's suicide.

As Bravo execs hastily re-edited the trailers and footage for the upcoming Season 2 to (perhaps) cast Russell in a less unfavorable light, his mother blasted them for not delaying last night's planned Season 2 premiere.

Despite the media furor, Bravo Media president Frances Berwick said last week that, "given that these episodes were filmed months ago," the premiere would air as planned, albeit with a new pre-taped interview with some cast members discussing the tragedy.

So what did happen on last night's premiere?

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Donny Deutsch Defends Bravo's Controversial 'Housewives' Decision on Business Grounds (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Sep 1st 2011 4:00PM
Donny Deutsch defends Bravo's decision to premiere 'The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' on 'Today'Russell Armstrong's suicide last month put the future of 'The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' in doubt. Armstrong was the estranged husband of 'Housewives' star Taylor Armstrong, and the dissolution of their marriage was originally going to be a central storyline of the new season. Bravo made the decision this week to premiere the series on schedule, re-edit some of that storyline, and include some newly taped interview footage with the Housewives discussing the tragedy. Thursday on 'Today' (weekdays, 7AM on NBC), Donny Deutsch defended Bravo's controversial decision to not push back the premiere.

"They made the right call for a few reasons," said Deutsch. "Number one, they're a business. And this is going to be good television. I hate to use that word. It's reality TV, it's train wreck TV. Unfortunately, this was a fatal train wreck."

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Bravo to Air 'Real Housewives' Special About Russell Armstrong's Suicide

by Catherine Lawson, posted Aug 30th 2011 7:30AM
Taylor and Russell Armstrong'The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' Season 2 premiere is still slated to air next week, despite being overshadowed by the real-life tragedy of Russell Armstrong's death.

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health published Armstrong's death certificate yesterday, which confirmed that he hanged himself.

Now, it's been reported that Bravo is to air a special episode of the reality show addressing his suicide.

According to 'Entertainment Weekly,' the network has shot interviews with cast members Lisa Vanderpump, Camille Grammer, Kyle and Kim Richards and Adrienne Maloof.

However, Armstrong's estranged wife Taylor is said to have refrained from taking part.

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'The Early Show' Reports on the Life and Death of 'Real Housewives' Husband Russell Armstrong (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Aug 17th 2011 2:00PM
Taylor and Russell Armstrong on 'The Early Show''The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' was supposed to premiere September 5. The apparent suicide of Russell Armstrong, ex-husband of Real Housewife Taylor Armstrong, has put that in doubt. According to The Hollywood Reporter, executives at Bravo are waiting at least a day or so to decide what to do with the season. Wednesday, 'The Early Show' (weekdays, 7AM on CBS) reported on Russell Armstrong's life and death.

The report covered Russell's split with Taylor, including Taylor's allegations of physical abuse, quoting an interview Russell did with Rumorflix.com. "The pressure of being in the TV spotlight was pretty overwhelming," said Russell. "It took our manageable problems and made them worse." They also spoke with Mike Fleeman, West Coast editor of People.com, who said, "We asked him about the allegations of physical abuse and he says, 'Look, things got out of hand, yeah maybe I did some of this stuff."

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'The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' Star Taylor Armstrong Accuses Husband of Abuse

by Catherine Lawson, posted Jul 28th 2011 6:10AM
Taylor ArmstrongJust as 'The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' are gearing up for Season 2, star Taylor Armstrong has accused her husband Russell of verbal and physical abuse during their five-year marriage.

Their difficult relationship was documented in Season 1 of the reality TV show, but Taylor -- who recently filed for divorce -- has revealed the situation behind the scenes was much worse.

She told 'People' that "I'm mad at myself for tolerating things I should not have tolerated from the first moment."

Meanwhile, Russell hinted that the pressures of being on the show may have helped cause the breakdown of their marriage.

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